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List of Famous Lexicographers

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List of famous lexicographers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. What is a lexicographer? Quite simply, a lexicographer is someone who compiles dictionaries. Who are the top lexicographers in the world? This includes the most prominent lexicographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable lexicographers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic lexicographers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned lexicographers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known lexicographers to the lesser known lexicographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the lexicographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous lexicographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous lexicographers?" then you're in the right place.

Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and ...more
J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of ...more
William Craigie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Sir William Alexander Craigie was a philologist and a lexicographer. A graduate of the University of St Andrews, he was the third editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and co-editor of the ...more
Eric Partridge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Eric Honeywood Partridge was a New Zealand–British lexicographer of the English language, particularly of its slang. His writing career was interrupted only by his service in the Army Education ...more
James Murray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Sir James Augustus Henry Murray was a Scottish lexicographer and philologist. He was the primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary from 1879 until his death.
Philip Babcock Gove is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Philip Babcock Gove was an American lexicographer who was editor-in-chief of the Webster's Third New International Dictionary, published in 1961. Born in Concord, New Hampshire, he received his ...more
Thomas Dyche is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Thomas Dyche
Reverend Thomas Dyche was an English schoolmaster and lexicographer from Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He published a number of books on the English language including one thought to be the first ...more
Noah Webster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Noah Webster, Jr., was an American lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English-language spelling reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author. He has been called the "Father of ...more
Nicolas Slonimsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Nicolas Slonimsky, born Nikolai Leonidovich Slonimskiy, was a Russian-born American conductor, author, pianist, composer and lexicographer. Best known for his writing and musical reference work, ...more
Henry Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Henry Bradley
Henry Bradley was a British philologist and lexicographer who succeeded James Murray as senior editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Patrick Hanks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Patrick Hanks
Patrick Hanks is an English lexicographer, corpus linguist, and onomastician. He has edited dictionaries of general language, as well as dictionaries of personal names. He was educated at ...more
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Eliezer Ben‑Yehuda was a Litvak lexicographer and newspaper editor. He was the driving spirit behind the revival of the Hebrew language in the modern era.
Jeff Prucher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Jeff Prucher is an author.
Henry Watson Fowler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Henry Watson Fowler was an English schoolmaster, lexicographer and commentator on the usage of the English language. He is notable for both A Dictionary of Modern English Usage and his work on ...more
Anton Pann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Anton Pann, was an Ottoman-born Wallachian composer, musicologist, and Romanian-language poet, also noted for his activities as a printer, translator, and schoolteacher. Pann was an influential ...more
Thomas Elyot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Sir Thomas Elyot was an English diplomat and scholar.
Ivar Aasen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Ivar Andreas Aasen was a Norwegian philologist, lexicographer, playwright, and poet. He is best known for having created one of Norway's official languages, Nynorsk.
Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Allameh Ali Akbar Dehkhodā was a prominent Iranian linguist, and author of the most extensive dictionary of the Persian language ever published.
Katherine Barber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Katherine Patricia Mary Barber is a Canadian lexicographer and was previously Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, she received a Bachelor of ...more
Avraham Even-Shoshan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Avraham Even-Shoshan was a Russian-born Hebrew linguist and lexicographer, compiler of the Even-Shoshan dictionary, one of the foremost dictionaries of the Hebrew language.
Émile Littré is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Émile Maximilien Paul Littré was a French lexicographer, freemason and philosopher, best known for his Dictionnaire de la langue française, commonly called "The
Erin McKean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Erin McKean is an American lexicographer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Robert Burchfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Robert William Burchfield CNZM, CBE was a lexicographer, scholar, and writer, who edited the Oxford English Dictionary for thirty years to 1986, and was Chief Editor from 1971.
Susie Dent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Susie Dent is an English lexicographer. She is best known for her work in Dictionary Corner on Countdown on Channel 4.
Frederick James Furnivall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Lexicographers
Frederick James Furnivall, one of the co-creators of the Oxford English Dictionary, was an English philologist. He founded a number of learned societies on early English Literature, and made ...more